Switzerland have got another pride and they are happy with it, On October 15, 2010 after a long time of 14 years of construction the 57 km (34 miles) of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in the Swiss Alps finally completed. Switzerland broke the previous record of Japanese Seikan rail tunnel, which is 53.9 km long by making 3 km more longer than the previous record of Japan.
After the final breakthrough, when a heavy driller called Sissi cut the last rock to connect both ends, miner cheered up with happiness with holding their regional flags.
Completion of the Gotthard Base Tunnel will cut the travel time between Zurich and Milan in Italy by 60 minutes to two-and-a-half hours and provide an easier and more economic route for heavy freight trains. The tunnel -- which is in fact composed of two single-track tunnels -- cost $10.6 billion (£6.6 billion).
Since the first preparations for the tunnel were laid in 1996, over 2,500 workers have taken part in its building according to AlpTransit Gotthard, the company constructing the tunnel. It is due to be operational by the end of 2017. [CNN]
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